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Other: Rev. Francis Lockey 
Other: Rev. Lockey 
Dates:  1794 - 1869
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Francis Lockey
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

With flexible hours and a duty to observe nature, clergymen often took up the practice of photography, and Rev. Lockey was an unusually devoted member of this corps of amateurs. Born in Reading, where Nicolaas Henneman would establish his pioneering photographic printing works in 1843, Lockey began photographing as early as 1849, using Talbot’s calotype process, apparently without a license. At least two of his negatives are of nearby Lacock Abbey, so it is possible that he knew Talbot or someone else connected with the village. Working in both calotype and waxed paper, Lockey photographed the area around his home, Swainswick Cottage, outside Bath, as well as ranging through the surrounding countryside. While architecture and city views were his favorite subjects, trees and other scenes from nature also appealed to him. Lockey seems never to have exhibited or joined a photographic society, but he was so keen on the art that he added a photographic printing studio as a wing to his house. His last known photographs date from 1861. A few years after his death, Lockey’s house was auctioned, advertised in the Times as featuring “an excellent photographic studio.” Swainswick Cottage still stands today, largely unchanged. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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